Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary (United States)

A typical Dental Hygienist can expect to take home roughly $29.95 per hour. Cash earnings—including $2,988 in bonuses and $5,761 profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale—generally stretch from $29,133 to $69,368 depending on individual performance. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to 43 percent, and 18 percent earn vision coverage. For the most part, Entry-Level Dental Hygienists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary (?
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$29,133 - $69,368
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Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary (?
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$20.18 - $39.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,133 - $69,368  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,988  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,761  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,461 - $81,994  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 450
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.18 - $39.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,988  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,761  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,461 - $81,994  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,679
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Entry-Level Dental Hygienists flock to Family Dental for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $67,546 lead the pack in compensation; however, Family Dental also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $26K at one end to $83K at the other end. Pay for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists is the lowest at Aspen Dental, which has a median salary of $53,983. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $64K.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Entry-Level Dental Hygienists, Portland provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Boston, Houston, New York, and Denver, where Entry-Level Dental Hygienists annually earn 20 percent, 19 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent more than the national average. Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Atlanta and Jacksonville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -9 percent and -7 percent, respectively.

Dental Hygienist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salaries

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National Average
$61,000

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Gender

Female
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Male
6%
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 39%
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